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ERIC Number: EJ953945
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Color Categories and Color Appearance
Webster, Michael A.; Kay, Paul
Cognition, v122 n3 p375-392 Mar 2012
We examined categorical effects in color appearance in two tasks, which in part differed in the extent to which color naming was explicitly required for the response. In one, we measured the effects of color differences on perceptual grouping for hues that spanned the blue-green boundary, to test whether chromatic differences across the boundary were perceptually exaggerated. This task did not require overt judgments of the perceived colors, and the tendency to group showed only a weak and inconsistent categorical bias. In a second case, we analyzed results from two prior studies of hue scaling of chromatic stimuli, to test whether color appearance changed more rapidly around the blue-green boundary. In this task observers directly judge the perceived color of the stimuli and these judgments tended to show much stronger categorical effects. The differences between these tasks could arise either because different signals mediate color grouping and color appearance, or because linguistic categories might differentially intrude on the response to color and/or on the perception of color. Our results suggest that the interaction between language and color processing may be highly dependent on the specific task and cognitive demands and strategies of the observer, and also highlight pronounced individual differences in the tendency to exhibit categorical responses. (Contains 9 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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